de·​fund | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈfənd How to pronounce defund (audio) \
defunded; defunding; defunds

Definition of defund

transitive verb

: to withdraw funding from

Examples of defund in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Higher education has been defunded by state to the point where not having courses flat leaves them out of business. oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 vs. Pac-12 in football is a hopeful development," 12 May 2020 But the real story is more complex and many have criticized Trump for defunding the organization. Popular Science, "Trump’s move to pull WHO funds could make the pandemic worse," 23 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, Trump defunded the World Health Organization and threatens to adjourn Congress over his political appointees. Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner, "White House Weekly: April 20," 20 Apr. 2020 The consequences of defunding public-health agencies, losing expertise, and stretching hospitals are no longer manifesting as angry opinion pieces, but as faltering lungs. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How the Pandemic Will End," 25 Mar. 2020 Congress will ultimately determine whether or not withholding funds or defunding the organization altogether is possible. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Trump Blames WHO For Coronavirus Response, Looks Into Defunding," 8 Apr. 2020 Second, that budgets should be balanced by gradually defunding or contracting out public services. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 About two months after commissioners defunded the county magistrates, Bexar County Manager David Smith praised the job the city magistrates were doing. Brian Chasnoff,, "Bail bond companies ‘at the table’ for bail reform," 26 Jan. 2020 Under the resolution, all nonunion, contractual or appointed employees not authorized in the budget or with contract approval from the City Council — including those serving as assistant to Orozco or Alvarez-Roa — also will be defunded. Lex Talamo, The Seattle Times, "The mayor of Wapato wanted another term. She got 30 votes — and then a piece of the fed-up residents’ minds.," 10 Aug. 2019

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Defund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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